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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Table Vignettes and a Giveaway

I love to play with my table vignettes and displays, that is where I can change the look and feel of my home the easiest.  Something can be seasonal, fun, playful, serious, luxurious or country and primitive, it all works and definitely changes the mood of a room.

Since I host a party called Table Top Tuesdays every week, I am sure you can guess that this is one of my favorite things.  In honor of my upcoming birthday, I would love to give you guys a gift.  One of my favorite decorating books of all times is Christi Carter's Art of Accessorizing.


This book is fabulous to show table vignettes for all styles of decor, plus she has a section that gives a step by step tutorial, plus pictures for how to arrange your tables, bookcases and wall vignettes too.  It is a must have for every one that loves to decorate.

See the picture on the cover of her book.  Well I wanted to join one of Debbie's Magazine Copy Cat parties, so this is what I came up with.  Not a total copy, but a similar look and feel.



Once you read through her book, you get the idea of how to layer and group accessories in a very simple or more complex arrangement, but always something that is pleasing to look at.


































Now that you know how to create all those wonderful vignettes and displays, you may want to freshen up some of your rooms.

Another book that I would love to give you is Great Traditional Style.  The title is kind of deceiving.  This book is full of hundreds of room that are Traditional, Transitional, Shabby Chic, Ecclectic, Vintage Modern and more.


 Look at this kitchen, isn't is wonderful.  Love the beadboard, the open shelves and that great island.


 What's not to love about this breakfast room.  Old wood paneling, a fireplace and beautiful blue and white.  Plus look at the wonderful lantern chandy.


Love these books and I think you will really love them too. The winner will receive BOTH BOOKS.    Now for the rules:

1. You must be a follower of A Stroll Thru Life - Leave me a comment to let me know. I would love for you to follow me on Google Friends Connect or through an RSS feed.  Just click on one of the options on my sidebar.
2.Like A Stroll Thru Life on Facebook and leave me a comment. (Just click like on my sidebar)

That's it.  No hoops to jump through.  Winner will be chosen by ramdom number thingy on August 24th.

I am joining the following parties:

Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursday
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for Open House Party on Thursdays
Katherine at Katherines Corner for Favorite Things Thursday Hop
Niki at The Vintage Farmhouse for Creative Things Thursday
Yvonne at Stone Gable for Tutorials - Tips and Tidbits
Kelly at Kelly's Korner for Show Us How You Decorate Your Tables
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Alison at Stuff and Nonsense for Friday's Unfolded
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Heather and Vanessa At The Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Diann at The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Kate at Chic On A Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt It Friday
Jane at Finding Fabulous for Frugalicious Friday
Becca at Home Is Where My Story Begins for Home and Family Friday
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace At Home
One More Time for her first Blog Hop
Jen at Tatertots and Jello for the Weekend Wrap-up Party
Donna ar Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
Amy at Positively Splendid for Saturday Seven
Aimee at Twigg Studios for Sunday Showoff
Sunny at Sunny Simple Life for Sunny Simple Sunday
Jamielyn at I Heart Nap Time for Sunday Scoop Party
SJ at Homemaker on a Dime for Creative Bloggers Party
Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase
The Dedicated House for Make It Pretty Monday
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Susan at Between Naps On The Porch for Metamorphosis Monday 

103 comments:

  1. Hi Marty! I have that book but I don't think I've learned all of the secrets as you have! I love your vignette and have always thought the cover of this book was just gorgeous. You are the vignette Queen in my book!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  2. love your vignettes. wont enter the giveaway as I have that book for a giveaway also. I'll wait a few weeks till yours is done and a winner is chosen and then I'll do my giveaway and folks who entered here would get another chance..
    its a really great book with fabulous photos and information. good luck to all of ya who Enter.

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  3. Awesome examples. Thanks for sharing. I am a follower. I love seeing all of these and would love to visit the books. Hugs.

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  4. I have this book and I absolutely love it! The winner will, too. Great advice and lots of eye candy in those pages.

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  5. I am a Google Friend Connect follower - would love to have these books!

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  6. I am a Facebook fan - thanks for this offer!

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  7. You know I'm a happy follower Marty! Awesome giveaway, I would love a chance to win!

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  8. Hola Marty, yo soy tu fiel seguidora, pero no sé si siendo de C.R. pueda también participar. Saludos y hermosas viñetas. Ojalá pudiera tener el libro.

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  9. I have always wondered how you came up with the great way to decorate. I am lousy at it and would love to win your giveaway. I am a follower by way of blogger.

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  10. Hi Marty, I always visit you(I'm a follower)but don't always leave you comments like I should. I will be joining you on Google Friends Connect and I'm going over to FB now to find you-so please enter me in this drawing because I could really use the help these books will provide.
    Hugs, Noreen

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  11. Hi Marty,
    I'm a follower through GFC and I love linking to your TTT parties!
    Thanks so much for offering these 2 great books as a giveaway, I would love to be able to add to my library!
    Have a wonderful day!
    (hugs)
    Aledia

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  12. I have Liked A Stroll Thru Life on my personal FB page as well as my blog FB page. :)
    Thanks again for this opportunity!

    Aledia

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  13. I am a follower on GFC Marty! You are the Queen of the Vignette

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  14. I've been a very happy follower Marty, love both of the books which look full of great imformation and pictures!

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  15. I am a follower Marty on GFC. You always have the best vignette.

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  16. You always do such great vignettes, Marty! I am a follower and would love a chance.

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  17. Marty,
    I agree with sweetie Shelia...in my book you're the Vignette Queen! Strolling through your photos is like flipping through the pages of a exquisite designer book!So~o~o...you have a birthday coming up! Sounds like a celebration, indeed!
    Fondly,
    Pat
    P.S. I have the Great Traditional Style fom our local library on my reading step at the present. It is filled with inspirational decor ideas!

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  18. Hi Marty, I'm a follower and as soon as I saw the cover of that book, I saw "Marty" in it's design. You are a vignette queen! Thanks for the chance to win! Judy

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  19. Hi Marty, I went on your facebook page and "liked" your page for the giveaway! Thanks for the chance, the books are awesome!

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  20. Marty, you know I am a follower. This is such a wonderful giveaway. Thanks for the chance.

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  21. Marty, Two wonderful books and would be such a treat to win. Of course I do follow you and enjoy every post.
    Sandy

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  22. I follow on GFC. chedeb5353@hotmail.com

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  23. Like you on FB. chedeb5353@hotmail.com

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  24. Hi Marty,
    With the changing seasons I always visit your blog. I thought I was a follower, but I just signed up today. # 1918
    Betty @ My Cozy Corner

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  25. Hi Marty,
    I was over to your facebook page and left a like and comment. I have The paperback addition of Great Traditional Style...I buy decorating books at our favorite place GW. I would love to win the book in your giveaway.
    xo
    Betty @ My Cozy Corner

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  26. I'd love to win your giveaway! I am already a follower and also follow you on facebook. Hope your birthday will be lovely!

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  27. I love your vignettes and how well you put them together. You could make your own book. Every time I stroll through, your home always looks so bright and happy looking. I so enjoy all my books too. Have a nice day..

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  28. I'm a follower and a friend...and I would love to have these books. I really need the first one on Accessorizing! I have lots of pretty things but I don't always know how to put them together to look right! Thank you!

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  29. I just followed through Google Friend Connect, but I have also been an RSS feed subscriber for a long time! Thanks for the opportunity to win, I am wishing you a very happy birthday!!

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  30. I am a follower and you should and could do a book on these topics and especially cloches.

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  31. I am a long time follower of A Stroll Thru Life...

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  32. What a great giveaway. Those books would be great to have, although I still don't think I could do a vingette like you do. I liked you on Facebook...

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  33. Hi Marty, What a lovely giveaway...would love those beautiful books. I'm already a follower.
    Mary Alice

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  34. Hi Marty! Maybe if I had these books I would have some gorgeous vignettes in my home and be able to join your Tabletop Tuesday more often! They both look like great reads! Been so busy here that Tables have hardly been dusted let along new beautiful vignettes!

    bee blessed
    mary

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  35. Marty, you are the queen of fabulous vignettes! I would love a book that give me a little help! YOur butter vignette makes my heart skip a beat!!!
    Thanks so much for the chance to win! I am a faithful follower for years! What a generous giveaway!

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  36. I also liked you on FB. I can't believe that we have not been friends before now! Thanks again for the giveaway!

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  37. Marty:

    I'm a huge fan of Carter's accessorizing book. I have a lot of decorating books, but there is nothing quite like it. I'm not familiar with the other book, but I'll have to check it out.

    - The Tablescaper

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  38. Oh, how fun! I love books like this. Thank you so much, Marty, for your generosity. Of course, I'm already a follower!

    CAS

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  39. The vignettes you created for this post are so lovely! I liked you on FB.

    CAS

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  40. I follow you via GFC and email - love your blog :)

    sally.puckett@yahoo.com

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  41. Following you on Facebook :)

    sally.puckett@yahoo.com

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  42. Marty: Love your page. Would you please come and decorate my home. Come by and have a cup of tea. Thank you, Cindy

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  43. I love your blog! You are so talented how you put things together.

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  44. I am a follower and have learned so much.

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  45. Oh my goodness Marty you are soooo good with all your vignettes. Beautiful! I love every one of them!

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  46. Hi Marty already a follower and just liked you on fB...I would love to win, but if I don't I always know I can always come to your blog for inspiration. Every vignette you do is beautiful.

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  47. Hi Marty, I am following your blog now. I love your vignettes and the books are wonderful. Thanks for sponsoring the give away.

    Laura

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  48. This traditional girl would love to know your secrets!
    I'm following you on blogger,

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  49. Those books look so interesting, Marty. I actually woke up this morning, thinking about you and your vignettes. Isn't that funny? I'm catching up on yesterday's blogs (since I spent the day with my folks.)
    I'm a follower.

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  50. Now I like you on FB as well. Thanks for another chance to win.

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  51. Hi Marty, I've been following your blog for a long time but this is first time I've posted comments. Love your ideas and these books look wonderful. Thanks

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  52. Marty, please, please count me in!!! The books look absolutely wonderful and I'm sure if they are favourites of yours they will be lovely.
    Suzyq

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  53. I just love your vignettes Marty!! I would love to have those books, please enter me! I already was following, liking and everything else I could do to not miss anything !!!! Hugs, Penny

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  54. Wow Marty that first book looks like a keeper for sure! Your copy-cat vignette looks awesome! Both books look fabulous- what a nice give-a-way!

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  55. Hi Marty! I'm now following you and liked on fb. Would love to have these books especially if I could make my home look as nice as yours. :) Wow, love your vignettes!

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  56. Marty, what a great giveaway! I am a very happy follower via GFC. Would love to win those books!

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  57. I also like you on FB!! Thanks for this opportunity to win!!

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  58. what a good idea to pass on your secrets by giving those books away.
    I just love decorating books and have some also

    I would like to be added to your drawing

    Janice

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  59. Thank you Marty for the lovely give away! My vignettes never look as good as yours--you sure have a great decorating eye! I love paging through decor books and trying some new things with our home. I am a follower of your blog...

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  60. I am a follower and I would love to win those beautiful books.

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  61. Marty, happy birthday! Both books look like they are full of inspiration and suggestions. I'd love to be entered in this giveaway. I'm a long time follower. ~ Sarah

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  62. Marty, back to say I "liked you" on the Facebook page on your sidebar. ;-)

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  63. Marty,
    Love these and I do so need help. Finally at the stage where I can create a vignette and it be left alone by the boys!

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  64. I am the queen of Vignette fails and would love to win your giveaway. I am a follower.

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  65. That sounds great, it would help me stage my new spaces when I move in September. Thanks for the opportunity! I am a faithful follower. Di@Cottage-Wishes

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  66. Have been a follower of yours for a long time, thanks Marty.

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  67. I have Liked you on Facebook too.

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  68. I really enjoy being a follower of your blog. You have a beautiful home and I love all your vignettes.

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  69. I have "liked" you on Facebook.

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  70. Hi Marty! Happy Birthday! I am already a follower. Thanks so much for offering that book...I'd love to add it to my collection of home decor books.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

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  71. I'm stopping by for a visit from Kelly's Korner Show Us Your Life.
    You have a beautiful home. I especially love the colors and details you're using in your vignettes.
    Have a terrific week.

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  72. I have the art of accessorizing. Think I need to take it out and look at it again. :)

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  73. I am a long time follower of this blog as well as following on Facebook. And may I say it would be great to win this prize from the Queen of Tabletop Decorating! LOL! Well you really are the best at this.

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  74. Thank you for sharing at TTF. Your vignettes are always wonderful and beautiful! What a fun giveaway! I would love to be entered. Of course I am a long time follower!

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  75. I liked you and left you a comment on FB. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

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  76. Love your blog and thanks for the opportunity to win these books!!!

    LBDH

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  77. I have been happy follower for years,I love your Table Top Tuesday.Maybe if I could be lucky enough to win these fantastic books I would learn a thing or two,shucks I need all the help I can get...O random generator pick me,pick me.

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  78. Have been a satisfied and very happy follower for sometime. Happy Birthday. Love books of any kind...decorating books are right up there at the top of the heap of happiness.

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  79. I have been a follower for quite awhile:):) These books would be WONDERFUL to have! Thanks for the chance! XO, Pinky

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  80. I am a follower to the ends of the earth. :)

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  81. I liked you on FB.

    Happy Birthday, dear heart. I would love to win these lovely books...I know I would love them.

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  82. I already like you on FB and am a follower ever since you started blogging. Love all your vignettes and I know I will enjoy the books. Crossing my finger to win! Hope you had a wonderful birthday!.....Christine

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  83. Marty, I am an avid follower and really enjoy your inspiring blog... I need help with my vignettes... your compositions are always perfect!

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  84. Hi Marty. Just love your blog. I had a birthday recently too (8/10)! Love the books and either would make a really nice gift. Please enter me, would love to win (same as everyone else, LOL)! P. S. I copied your kitchen self with just a few touches of my own. Love it!

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  85. Hi Marty, I am a follower and thank you for the reminder for your great give-a-way! These books look awesome and I love to go through them on cold winter days. Hope I win!! I think I'm a google+ friend too (don't go there very often). Thanks, and have a great birthday!!

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  86. Hi Marty, I am already a follower.
    This book looks amazing. I am loving your vignettes.... count me in!

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  87. Marty, these books look beautiful! What a generous giveaway. Please enter my name in the drawing. I've been following you for years. laurie

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  88. I've been a follower for a while and enjoy your sweetness.

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  89. I would love to enter your giveaway please!!

    Thank you!
    with love,
    Helena_VS
    *)

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  90. Somehow I had missed this post! I love your vignette! Thank you for a chance to win!

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  91. Love your blog and love decorating books! Can't get enough!

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  92. been a reader of urs for a long time and today i started following you thanks for the chance to win

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  93. I am a new follower-I found you through Blogtalk!

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  94. I am a follower and have been for a while. I just love your blog.

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  95. Hi Marty! I would love to enter your giveaway. Thanks for being so sweet and giving us gifts to celebrate your birthday. Have a lovely weekend!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  96. Happy Birthday!!!
    I would love to have a chance to win the two books..they look wonderful!
    Thanks for giving me the opportunity to enter.
    J

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